The earthquake that shook Luzon on a fateful Monday of July 16, 1990, was an event that has forever changed the lives of many, even those who have not been born yet, like me. To commemorate the tragedy that has happened exactly three decades ago, we took to our Facebook Page to ask our followers where they were when the 1990 Luzon Killer earthquake happened, and what we got were different stories of loss, hope, fear, resilience, and heroism.
1990 Earthquake Babies
Lives were lost during that day, but lives were also being brought into the world just like these commenters:
A Father’s Love
The Long Way Home
Just Like the Movies
The catastrophic event led to a loss of thousands of lives, divided roads, and shattered dreams that will forever be etched vividly into the memories of those who have experienced it first-hand. These are stories that should be remembered and passed to the younger generations. It is and will always be a part of who we are as Baguio people, regardless if you haven’t been born yet. But like many adversities, the earthquake has also brought out traits that have helped Filipinos emerge stronger than ever before: resilience, compassion, and heroism. These are traits that will never go out of style, and something we can instill in ourselves and share with others even without the presence of a life-changing tragedy or a pandemic. And while we are facing a battle that can’t ever be compared with a 45-second killer quake, may this be a reminder that even in the most tragic of times, while seemingly hopeless and just unfair, there are lessons we can learn moving forward and that there is always light despite the darkness we are all going through today.
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The comments of anecdotes and first-hand experiences featured above are just some of the experiences shared through our Facebook Page. Every story counts and deserves to be heard. We would love to hear your story. Share your experience by clicking on the post below.